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A/N: Sorry for not updating for a very long time. You see, I had writer's block and I didn't really have time to update. I also had busy things to do in my life. All I can tell you is that I will not be updating soon, but I promise you that I will continue to write this story whenever I have the time. I hope you will continue to read this story. Thanks to all the reviewers for the great reviews and thanks to my beta-reader RedLotusNin!!! Anyways, ENJOY!

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A Bunch of Childish Preteens

Chapter 7-Listen to your Papa!

After Team 8 left the apartment, Kakashi had to cook lunch since his students hadn't eaten anything. He went into the kitchen and began cooking meals for them. He decided to cook fried rice with vegetables, meat sauce, and, of course, ramen for Naruto. If he didn't make ramen, Naruto would probably complain and be upset for the rest of the day. Could you imagine having a child like Naruto?

Kakashi opened a cupboard and took a metal frying pan out from it. He shut the door of the cupboard afterwards. He placed the frying pan on the stove and he turned on the stove's fire. He added oil on the pan and then he let it heat. Kakashi then added the garlic, ginger, onion and then he started stirring. Then he put the rice and vegetables—carrots, peas, and green onions—and poured the eggs into the pan. He let the eggs cook for about a minute, and then he slowly started to stir and incorporate the eggs into the rice. Finally, he added soy sauce and included salt and black pepper for extra taste.

Meanwhile, little Sakura walked into the kitchen to approach her 'father'.

Sakura tugged Kakashi's shirt at the bottom. "Papa!" she cried.

"What is it?" Kakashi didn't bother to look down since he didn't want to burn the fried rice.

"I know how to dance!"

"That's nice."

"I want you to watch me dance!"

"Not now, Sakura. I'm busy." Kakashi continued to focus on his cooking.

"Papa, watch me dance!" She tugged his shirt even harder, begging profusely the whole time.

"Not now!"

"Papa! Papa! Papa! Watch me dance!" Sakura hopped up and down to get him to pay attention to her. However, Kakashi didn't pay attention to her. Little Sakura stopped hopping.

"WAAAHHHHHHH!" she cried.

"What the—why is she crying now?! What did I do?" Kakashi thought in shock.

Sakura set herself on her stomach on the ground. She began to cry loudly while both her arms went up and down, rapidly pounding on the floor with her fists.

Kakashi turned the stove off, then crouched down. "What's wrong, Sakura? Why are you crying?"

"Papa doesn't love me!"

"'I don't love her'? Is that why she's crying?" Kakashi thought, confusingly.

"W-why would I not love you? What makes you think that?"

"Because you don't want to watch me dance—that means you don't love me!"

"Is that the reason why? Well, I guess I did ignore her. Maybe I've hurt her feelings. I have to find a way to make her stop crying!"

"I didn't say that…it's just that…I…um…I…" Kakashi began to try and come up with an excuse.

Kakashi thought harder, but nothing came to mind.

"See, you don't love me! Papa hates me now! YOU HATE ME! WAAAHHHHHH!!!" Sakura started crying even harder than before.

"Don't be silly! Why would I hate a cute little girl like you? I don't hate you! I would never hate you, Sakura-chan!"

Sakura stopped crying, wiping her tears with her palm hands. "R-really? You don't hate me?" She sat up, sniffing.

"I don't hate you."

"Really?"

"Yes. Really."

"Really, really?"

"Yes. Really, really."

"Really, really, really?"

"Yes. Really, really, really!"

"I'm cute?"

"Of course, you're a very cute girl!"

"Papa loves me?"

Kakashi bit on his bottom lip. He wasn't good at saying 'I love you' to little kids. He just nodded slowly.

Sakura smiled, "Yay! Papa doesn't hate me! Papa loves me!" She jumped on Kakashi and hugged him.

"Whoa!" Kakashi fell backward and hit his head behind the stove, "Ouch!" He groaned, massaging his head, painfully.

"Papa, I love you sooooo much!" She rubbed her cheek against the side of Kakashi's face.

Kakashi flushed a bit, embarrassed. "Um…yeah. Me too…"

"At least she's happy again. Man! Kids can be hard to understand sometimes…"

"EHHHH!! That's not fair!" A boy shouted, whiney.

Kakashi and Sakura turned around. There was a little blonde boy standing there. Beside him was a shy, raven haired, little boy who had his little finger placed on his lip as if he was biting his finger. It was Naruto and Sasuke.

"Does that mean Papa Kaka doesn't love me!?" Naruto's eyes were full of tears, as if he was about to cry.

"Papa Kachi doesn't love me too…" Sasuke had a depressed expression on his face, "…If he doesn't love us, then that means he hates us…"

"Oh no, not you two as well…Geez, are all little kids like this? Man…I guess I have to tell them what I said to Sakura." Kakashi stood up, removing himself from Sakura's death-grip/hug.

"Of course I do, you silly kids! I…" Kakashi paused. "…you too!" He patted Naruto and Sasuke on the tops of their heads.

"I 'you too' what?" Naruto asked curiously.

"Well, you know…"

"Know what?"

"That."

"That? What's that?" Sasuke asked, speaking up. The two boys gave him a curious look.

"Ah man… why can't kids understand what I'm saying? Oh right, they're just kids… Man, the only easy way is to say it."

"Well Naruto, Sasuke, what I'm trying to say is that I…" He stopped while the two, young boys stared at him. "I…"

"Uh huh?" They waited for him answer.

"I…"

"I?" They repeated after him.

"Ahh! I can't do it! I can't say 'I love you' to a bunch of kids! This is too weird for me!" Kakashi looked away while rubbing his silver hair crazily as if he had gone insane.

"I wonder what Papa Kaka is trying to say to us," Naruto whispered to Sasuke.

"Who knows? Papa Kachi is really weird." Sasuke was confused as well.

They both nodded at same time.

Later—

After lunch, Kakashi picked up each of the plates and put them on the sink. He turned on the water and began washing the dishes while Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke were doing something else.

The two boys were arm wrestling against each other to see who was better. And where was Sakura at the moment? Sakura was sitting down on the floor near the coffee table and was drawing and coloring her favorite character from Sailor Moon. She was humming the theme song of Sailor Moon, cheerfully.

"Ha-ha! I won!" Naruto shouted.

"Nah uh! I won first!" Sasuke disagreed.

"Was not!"

"Was too!"

"Was not!"

"I said 'WAS TOO'!" Sasuke pushed Naruto and Naruto fell backwards. He hit the television and then a tape that was on top of TV fell onto Naruto's lap.

"Hey! What's this?" Naruto picked up the tape.

"I don't know."

"Let's ask Papa Kaka!"

"Okay!" They both ran to Kakashi.

"Papa Kaka!" Naruto called for his 'father'.

"What is it Naruto?" Kakashi finished washing the dishes and he placed all the plates inside a cupboard.

"What is this?" Naruto held a videotape between his tiny fingers.

Kakashi glanced at the tape. "It's a movie."

"Movie? Cool! I want to watch this movie!"

"I want to watch this movie too!" Sasuke shouted.

"Me too! Me likes movie!" Sakura exclaimed, coming out of nowhere. "Can we watch it?"

"I don't think so."

"Why not?"

"Because it's not for you kids to watch."

"Why?" The boys asked same time.

"It just is." Kakashi quickly changed the subject. "Oh! Look at the time! It's your bedtime!" He clapped his hands.

"Awww! We're not sleepy yet!" They groaned. You know how kids are when they don't want to go to sleep. Man, how troublesome…

"That's not my problem! You kids have to go to sleep now!"

"Can we watch a little more on TV?" Naruto asked, acting very cute-like.

"Yeah! Pretty please!" Sasuke begged.

"Please?" Sakura gave him a cute expression, hoping that he would fall for her cute acting.

Of course, Kakashi didn't fall for it. "No. I will not repeat myself again. It's bedtime. Now go to your room!" He pointed at the door, acting like a real parent.

Their heads drooped down but they went to their room without a word.

After ten minutes passed, Kakashi went to check on his students to see if they had fallen asleep. He took a small peek inside and found them fast asleep. He smiled under his mask and closed the door quietly.

"Finally! They're asleep! I guess it's okay for me to take a bath since they're asleep." Kakashi headed to the bathroom.

Bathroom…

Kakashi turned on the hot water and waited for it to fill the tub. He took off his clothes, including his mask, and dipped himself in.

"Ahh, this is great…finally, I get some peace and quiet. Now I can finally relax without my students bothering me," he whispered to himself.

Kakashi looked outside the window and saw a full moon. "Full moon huh? I wonder how long I have to take care of them…" he wondered aloud. "I hope not too long..."

Living room…

"Like we're actually going to go bed like he told us to do! No way am I going to bed now!" Naruto left his bedroom and went to the TV.

"What are you doing?" Sasuke was behind Naruto. Sakura was next to Sasuke. She was yawning and rubbing her eyes at same time.

"What do you think I'm doing? I'm looking for that tape." Naruto searched the tape and finally spotted the tape on top of the VCR. "Ah ha! Here it is!" He held the tape and showed Sasuke and Sakura.

"Hey, isn't that tape that Papa Kachi…" Sasuke recognized the tape.

"Yup! It is! And now we're going to watch this mystery tape!"

"But…Papa told us not to watch it." Sakura remembered what Kakashi had told them: it wasn't a movie for them to watch.

"But he's not here, right? We can watch it when he's not around! Come on! Let's watch it!"

"No! We shouldn't watch! We should go to bed before Papa yells at us." Sakura was afraid of what would happen if Kakashi found out if that they weren't in their bed. He would be mad at them and she didn't want that to happen.

"Don't be afraid! I'm sure he won't find out if we watch just a little bit. Besides, don't you guys want to know what is on the mystery tape?"

"Now that you mention it…I do want to know." Sasuke agreed with Naruto.

"See! Sasuke wants to watch it! What about you, Sakura?"

Naruto and Sasuke both stared at Sakura, eager for her response. "I don't know…I don't feel right about this." Sakura was still unsure.

"Don't worry! Papa Kaka won't find out! As long as we keep it a secret from him."

Sakura bit her lip softly and thought carefully. Finally, she agreed. "Okay…"

"Yay! Let's watch it!"

The little blonde boy pushed the videotape in the VCR and he pushed the "PLAY" button. The three chibi-like children stood there and watched the movie as it began to play.

It was late at night. There was a black haired woman who was dressed up in Jounin uniform and she was at a cemetery, all alone. She walked around, searching for an exit. When she looked around, she couldn't see anything because there was a thick fog that was covered the entire cemetery grounds. She couldn't find any way out.

"I can't believe I'm lost…how am I supposed to get out of here?" The woman asked herself.

Without noticing, she stepped a long stick. Crack!

She screamed. She had frightened herself. "Oh my god! Man, it's only the stick that I stepped on... How can I get scared silly just because of a stick? How stupid of me." She laughed at herself.

Then there was a loud noise in the distance. Now, she was starting to get even more frightened.

She took a deep breath. "Okay…I shouldn't be afraid. I'm a Jounin and I can take care of myself. I can handle it. I will be fine…" She kept repeating it over and over again in her mind. Eventually, she calmed herself down.

But then…

A loud explosion came from behind her and she was blown away. She fell, hitting the dirt floor. She looked back and saw big flames. She saw a shadow that was walking through the flames. There were bunch of horrific zombies coming towards her.

The woman screamed out loud. She crawled backwards to escape, however, it failed. Her hands were caught by the zombies' hands that were underground. The zombies came towards her as their mouths were wide open with sharp teeth—blood came dripping out of the horrific mouths. They were ready to eat her.

She screamed loudly. "AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"

Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura screamed, scared, when they saw the woman being eaten by the zombies. "AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"

Kakashi…

"Huh? What was that? Wait! Those are my students who are screaming! They're in danger! I gotta save them!" Kakashi quickly got out from the tub quickly. He grabbed a towel that was hanging on the wall and he wrapped it around his waist. He ran out of the bathroom and went to check on his students.

He opened the door swiftly. "Naruto! Sasuke! Sakura! Are you okay?!" His students ran right past him.

"AAAAHHHHHHH!!!!" They ran inside their room and slammed the door shut.

"What's going on?" Kakashi was confused.

He heard the television was still on and he took a small peek. He found out what they were watching.

"Geez…didn't I tell them not to watch this kind of movie. Why don't they listen to me?" He shook his head. "Well, I better go check on them. But first, I should probably put on some clothes..."

A minute later, a fully-dressed Kakashi opened the door slowly. He saw his students were covering themselves in the blanket to hide themselves. They were shivering in fear. Kakashi could tell—the whole bed was shaking.

"Haha! How cute…I never thought they would be this afraid." Kakashi chuckled.

"Oy kids, are you all righ-" Kakashi was cut short when a pillow was thrown at his face.

"GO AWAY, YOU MONSTER!" Naruto kept throwing stuff at Kakashi.

"YEAH! WE DON'T WANT TO GET EATEN!" Sasuke started doing the same thing—throwing stuff at Kakashi.

"I DON'T WANT TO DIE!" Sakura cried in fear.

"Hey! Stop it! It's only me! I'm your 'Papa'!" Kakashi used his arms as a shield.

"Papa?"

"Papa Kachi?"

"Papa Kaka?" They all stopped throwing stuff.

"Yes. It's me."

Sakura was the first to get off the bed and go near him. "Papa, is it really you?" She wanted to make sure.

He bent down so they were at eye level. "Yes, Sakura. It's me." This time, Naruto and Sasuke got off the bed and were now behind Sakura.

"Papa…you're so pretty." Sakura looked dazed.

"Pretty? Why am I pretty?" Kakashi asked her, confused.

"Because you're not wearing a mask."

"Oh yeah…I forgot that I wasn't wearing my mask. Man, it's no wonder that Sakura would say that. She's never seen me without it," he thought.

"Papa…"

"Papa Kachi…"

"Papa Kaka…"

Their eyes were filled in tears and hugged him, "Waaahhhh! We were so scared! We saw ugly monsters!" They cried even louder.

Kakashi sighed. He was mad at them for not listening to him, but, then again, he couldn't stay mad at them after what happened. He decided to let it go since they were only kids and they probably already learned their lesson.

Kakashi's room…

Kakashi was on his bed, reading his Icha Icha Paradise book. He heard the door creak open. Kakashi looked up from his book and saw three kids, popping their heads inside the room.

"Hey. What's wrong?" Kakashi put his book under his pillow.

Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura stood there, nervous. "Can we stay here and sleep with you?" Sakura asked shyly.

Kakashi was surprised. He was confused, but then he realized why they wanted to sleep with him. They were afraid to sleep alone.

He smiled. "Sure, why not? Come on, get in." He patted his bed to offer them.

They looked at him cheerfully. They ran and jumped on the bed. Kakashi wrapped the blanket on them. After minute later, the three all fell asleep.

Kakashi watched them sleeping and smiled. "It's not too bad to be the 'parent' after all." He turned the lamp off and went to sleep.

TBC


Sorry if this chapter was a little boring. I hope you liked it! Please R&R!

-Saki-Kun